Italian cinema diva Valentina Cortese dead at 96

ROME (dpa)- Valentina Cortese, a star of Italian cinema who worked with Truffaut, Fellini and others, has died at the age of 96, an Italian film industry group said Wednesday.
Cortese passed away in Milan, the city where she was born in 1923, the Italian General Showbusiness Association said in a statement.

The actress began her career in the 1940s and starred in Italian, French, British as well as Hollywood productions, playing alongside the likes of James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart and Ava Gardner.
She was an Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Francois Truffaut's "Day for Night" (1973) and also featured in Fellini's "Juliet of the Spirits" (1965).
Cortese was also an acclaimed theatre actress in Italy. Two years ago, she was celebrated at the Venice Film Festival with the premiere of a documentary on her life, called "Diva!"

Thursday, July 11th 2019
dpa correspondents (dpa)

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